• Kindergarten & First Grade Early Entrance Screening Date: 

    Pending approval of revised policy in accordance with the Acceleration Act, dates are to be determined. Please check website again in January 2019 for revisions and updates to the process and questionnaires below. Thank you!

    April TBD, 2019 

     


    Parents who are considering having their child assessed for early admittance into District 220's kindergarten or first grade program should review the following information. The screening takes place in April each year. Please note the screening date, application deadline, and documents required.

     

    Assessments & Process

    Phase I: Assessments Utilized for Screening: Gross and fine motor checklist; social interaction checklist; observation of attention and engagement in tasks; speech and language checklist; FastBridge Reading achievement/Fountas & Pinnell level; FastBridge Math achievement; Assessing Math Concepts (mid-year targets applied). Based on this data, the screening process will end for some at this juncture. Parents will be called and a letter will be mailed home. 

     

    Students who meet the mid-year achievement targets above will move on to Phase II...

     

    Phase II: If warranted based on the screening data above, a one-on-one cognitive assessment will also be administered by a district psychologist (i.e. WPPSI, Woodcock-Johnson, or Stanford-Binet) and an achievement assessment (i.e. WIAT). Parents will be contacted with details and asked to provide consent. Upon completion of a formal report, parents will be asked to meet to discuss the results of the testing and discuss the recommended placement.

     

    Early Entrance Screening Requirements 

    for Potential Enrollment in the 2018-2019 School Year

     

    Early Entrance into Kindergarten (Only Standard Kindergarten, a.m. sessions open for 2019-2020): Your child's 5th birthday must fall between September 2, 2013 through October 31, 2013 of that school year term. We will not assess children whose birthday falls after October 31, 2013.

     

    Early Entrance into First Grade: Your child's 6th birthday must fall between September 2, 2012 through December 31, 2012 of that school year term. We will not assess children whose birthday falls after December 31, 2012.

      

     ALL forms DUE by TBD, 2019 (NEW FORMS WILL BE POSTED IN JANUARY 2019)

    Please send all required forms/documents listed below to: 

    April D. Jordan, Ed.D.

    Barrington 220 District Administrative Office

    310 E. James St.

    Barrington, Illinois 60010

    OR Email them to ajordan@barrington220.org

    (847) 842-3529

     

    Forms will not be accepted after TBD. After all forms should be sent to the Director, and a confirmation phone call and/or email will be sent to parents. Parents are welcome to stay in a comfortable conference room area while their child is being screened. Feel free to bring a book, tablet, snacks, or drinks.

     

    Required Forms: (click underlined words to access document or link)

    1. Birth certificate
    2. Proof of residency 
    3. Please click here to download and complete this form: Early Entrance Parent Questionnaire (will be posted January 2019).
    4. Please click here to download and complete this form: Early Entrance Teacher Questionnaire (will be posted January 2019). SEND DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER IN A SEALED ENVELOP TO THE BARRINGTON DISTRICT OFFICE OR EMAIL DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER TO ajordan@barrington220.org.
    5. Official school record of attendance (pre-school or kindergarten)

            (Community Unit School District 220 School Board Policy 7:50)

     

    Early Entrance Qualifications, Kindergarten: To qualify for an early entrance screening for kindergarten, a parent/guardian must show proof of the following...

    • Proof of residency within District 220 (gas bill, electric bill, mortgage agreement, real-estate closing, lease agreement, etc.).
    • Child's date of birth (i.e. 5thbirthday between September 2nd and October 31st of that school term). 

    • Child's attendance records from early childhood center/non-public preschool. 

    • Completion of Parent Questionnaire (forms on district website above).
    • Completion of Teacher Questionnaire (forms on district website above). SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER IN A SEALED ENVELOP TO THE BARRINGTON DISTRICT OFFICE OR EMAILED DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER TO ajordan@barrington220.org. 

     

    Early Entrance Qualifications, Grade 1: To qualify for an early entrance screening for first grade, a parent/guardian must show proof of the following...

    • Proof of residency within District 220 (gas bill, electric bill, mortgage agreement, real-estate closing, lease agreement, etc.).
    • Enrollment in Barrington School District 220 at James Street District Office.
    • Child's date of birth (i.e. 6thbirthday falls Between September 2nd and December 31st of that school term).  
    • Child’s initial registration and enrollment in kindergarten in District 
220 (placement may be changed accordingly). 

    • Child's attendance records from an early childhood center/non-public preschool (Updated February 2017).
    • Taught kindergarten by an Illinois state approved teacher (see below to confirm teacher certification with ISBE). 
 
    • Completion of Parent Questionnaire (forms on district website above). 
    • Completion of Teacher Questionnaire (forms on district website above). SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER IN A SEALED ENVELOP TO THE BARRINGTON DISTRICT OFFICE OR EMAILED DIRECTLY FROM THE TEACHER TO ajordan@barrington220.org.

     

    Kindergarten & First Grade Early Entrance Screening Date: 

    APRIL (TBD), 2019  

    Screening Times: Students will need to arrive promptly at the start times below and may require the full session to complete the screening.

    • Potential Kindergarten students, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    • Potential First Grade students, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 

     

    Screening Location: 

    Barbara Rose Elementary School

    61 W. Penny Road, South Barrington, IL 60010

     
     
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
     

    Are there alternative early screening testing dates?

    No. The screening for early entrance into kindergarten or first grade will only be offered once each spring on the date noted above. Children will only be assessed one time for Early Entrance. However, once a child is enrolled in District 220, instructional needs are continually reviewed by the educational team to determine if further supports are needed.

     

    How do I know if early entrance to kindergarten or First grade is the best choice for my child?

    The purpose of the early entrance process is to make learning available to children who demonstrate commensurate grade level skills (winter targets applied) as measured by assessments administered by the Barrington School District. Skills assessed: Gross and fine motor skills; social interaction; attention and engagement in tasks; early literacy and reading; number sense and math. 

    • Students who enter school through the early entrance process must be capable of working in a classroom setting with children a year (or more) older.
    • The requirements for early entrance are aligned to mid-year achievement targets and standard age cognitive ability to ensure that students in an accelerated placement are social-emotionally prepared for the learning.
    • Early entrance to kindergarten is not a replacement for child care. There are many preschools and day care options available in the Barrington area.
    • Early enrollment in school may have long-term effects on your child. It is difficult to predict the potential social/emotional impact on your child as he or she progresses through elementary, middle, and high school.

     

    What should I expect of the early entrance assessment process

    A screening will be held for all qualifying applicants. An educational team will observe and assess your child in the areas noted above. Parents may not be present in the assessment area, but may wait in a designated waiting area. Results will not be available on the day of testing.

     

    How will I know if my child qualifies for early entrance?  

    After the screening, the district team will review the assessment data and provide a phone call regarding next steps. An official letter will also be mailed home regarding the screening. 

     

    If further testing is required after the screening, consisting of a one-on-one cognitive assessment administered by a district psychologist, parents will be contacted with details and asked to provide consent. Upon completion of a formal report, parents will be asked to meet with educational team and provide input, and discuss the results of the testing.

     

    How do I know if a kindergarten teacher outside of District 220 is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)?  

    To confirm that the TEACHER IS ISBE CERTIFIED go to this website at the Illinois State Board of Education: http://www.isbe.net/ELIS/default.htm (needed for early first grade entrance only). 

     

    On the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) page click, Public SearchEnter the KINDERGARTEN teacher's last and first name and search. Other fields are not necessary. Knowing the teacher's middle initial is helpful to discern the correct teacher from the various individuals who come up in the search. Under the Descriptionkindergarten must be listed and current (expiration date is visible on top chart, Licenses, PEL). 

     

    At what age can a student with special needs be considered for early entrance?

    A child with exceptional needs who qualifies for special education is eligible for admission at three (3) years of age.

     

    Please use this link for general kindergarten information here within District 220:  https://www.barrington220.org/kindergarten.